The Same Deep Water As Me
What the popular press had to say...
"But though the play is carefully researched and often mildly entertaining – the dramatist has a particularly good ear for quirky one-liners – it never achieves dramatic lift-off, still less becomes a potent metaphor for the grubby materialistic times in which we live."
Charles Spencer for The Daily Telegraph
"This is an assured offering from a playwright who combines shrewd observation with an ability to make us squirm...it is Payne’s gift for characterisation and funny, unsettling images that impresses most."
Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standard
"Sharply observant social comedy about the exponential growth of a compensation culture based on fabricated accidents...John Crowley's production rightly presents it as a play about people living on the edge of desperation."
Michael Billington for The Guardian
"John Crowley’s efficient production, on functional sets by Scott Park, can boast enjoyable performances from a strong cast."
Aleks Sierz for The Stage
"[Nick Payne's] written a shrewd, witty dissection of the culture of lying fostered by the no-win-no-fee deals familiar from television advertising and it's clear that he wants to turn these amusingly disgraceful minutiae into a general metaphor for the “way we live now”. That goal is never quite achieved, though, in a play whose overall impact is curiously underwhelming."
Paul Taylor for The Independent